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Joann L. Minett

On Saturday, February 19, 2022, JoAnn Lynn (Leonberg) Minett, loving wife, mother of two, and Wahlker’s “Mimi”, passed away peacefully at age 67, surrounded in song and prayer by her loving children and sisters.

JoAnn was born on August 16, 1954 in Rochester, PA to Genevieve (Wahl) and the late Charles Leonberg. She was a graduate of Freedom High School. On, November 26, 1977, JoAnn married David Minett. Together, they raised two children, David Jr. and Jennifer. JoAnn had been a resident of the Ellwood City area and was retired from Preferred Auto Credit Exchange, having worked and been in partnership with the McElwain family of automotive dealerships for more than 30 years.

In addition to her love of music, JoAnn treasured spending time with family and friends. She will always be remembered for her cinnamon rolls, peanut butter balls, lasagna, and wedding soup. More than that, JoAnn will be remembered as a kind, loving, compassionate, and incredibly generous person. She was a former member of Big Knob Grange and was an active member & supporter of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she participated in the chancel choir, was a member of the Faith Circle, served on many committees, and supported innumerable special projects.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her loving husband David and sister Jeannie Stewart. She is survived by her son, David Jr., daughter Jennifer Zackasee and her husband Mark, grandson Wahlker Zackasee, mother Genevieve Leonberg, sisters Jacqueline Rindle and Judy (Doug) Frederick, brothers Charles (Kim) Leonberg and Chris Leonberg, many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Viewing for JoAnn will be Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Marshall’s Funeral Home in Ellwood City. A music filled memorial service will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellwood City at 11:00 am. The memorial service will be streamed and available for replay through Trinity Lutheran’s Facebook page ( All wishing to support the family at the funeral home or memorial service will be required to wear facial coverings, without exception.

Memorial contributions may be made in JoAnn’s name to the Memorial Fund at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellwood City:

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Memorial Fund, in memory of JoAnn Minett
207 Spring Ave
Ellwood City, PA 16117

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